Winter fire hazards—we all know them, but we often forget about them until it is too late. This season may be known for cold weather, ice, and snow—however, fire still poses a threat, not only to your home, but your family as well. There are common winter fire hazards that can occur during this season, so it’s important to be wary of the potential looming threats to your home.
Here are five winter fire hazards to be mindful of this winter and what you can do to prevent a fire from sparking tragedy in your home.
Winter Fire Hazards to Watch Out For
Both space heaters and general heating equipment are sources of potential winter fire hazards. Space heaters are great for small areas but are a leading cause of electrical fires in homes during the winter. Avoid using a dated model and never leave the room with one running. Keep furniture, curtains, and other items as far from the heater as possible.
Extension cords tend to get the most use during the winter. Never daisy chain extension cords or surge protectors. The increased electrical demand on your home’s system can damage wiring, outlets, and cause an electrical fire. Also be sure to inspect all cords for frays or loose wires, and do not use if there have been any signs of wear or tear.
Electric blankets are another great way to keep warm in the winter, which is why it makes our list for common risks of winter fire hazards. Never fall asleep with an electric blanket on or leave one plugged in or switched on for long periods of time. As tempting as it is to doze off under the covers with an electric blanket, the risk is too great to take.
During a winter black out, people often turn to candles to light up the rooms in their home. And while this may be effective, it doesn’t come without its risks—especially when left unattended. Many opt to use them during a power outage, but unattended candles can lead to a fire. Instead of waiting for a blackout to occur, be proactive and install a backup generator. They’ll keep the power on when the rest of the town goes black and they’ll even add more value to your property. It’s an investment that won’t leave you in the dark.
As we spend more and more time indoors as the winter carries on, we’re consuming more energy and placing more reliance on our electrical systems. Outdated outlets and wiring can be put to the test in the winter months, leading to short circuits and electrical arcs. If you notice a spark from your outlet or notice your outlet is warm to the touch, unplug any device from the outlet and give us a call for an electrical inspection: 856.769.3932.
Although winter fire hazards pose a risk throughout your home, there are simple ways to avoid the risk from becoming a reality. If you are concerned about your home being unprepared for winter, contact us to help you prepare for a warm winter, safely.